Cross-party support has been given to proposed legislation that would automatically give grieving parents two weeks bereavement leave if they lose a child.
Currently, the Employment Rights Act gives parents the right to a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off for an emergency, which includes the death of a child. However, the proposed Parental Bereavement Bill would allow employed parents two weeks of paid leave if a child under 18 passes away.
It is proposed that all employed parents with 26 weeks continuous service would be entitled to the leave, including both part and full-time employees but not self-employed workers. Leave must be taken within 56 days of a child’s death.
Additionally, the Secretary of State will have the power to also include parents who lose a child through stillbirth after 24 weeks.
Small firms should be able to reclaim the cost from the government; larger firms around 90%.